Restorative justice funding under threat, NYC schools advocates warn

Thanks to billions in federal pandemic relief funding, the city’s education department made plans to dramatically expand restorative justice programming, more than tripling funding over a three-year period to $21.6 million this school year. But dozens of advocacy groups are now raising the alarm that much of that funding is “at risk” — including a […]

This Brooklyn teacher is making theater more accessible to students with all abilities

A serendipitous subway ride about 20 years ago led Michael Pantone from his acting career to teaching theater at a Brooklyn public school serving children with disabilities. On the No. 2 train, Pantone had run into an actor friend as she headed to direct an after-school theater program for middle school students. She invited Pantone, […]

NYC wants to change the way students learn to read. Here’s how.

Mayor Eric Adams has made literacy a priority, promising to overhaul reading instruction in New York City schools. Educators agree it’s a critical moment. Even before the pandemic, fewer than half of students in grades 3-8 were reading on grade level, according to state tests. Now, interrupted learning has only heightened concerns that students have […]

NYC plans to end school-based COVID testing program this fall, source says

New York City is planning to end its program to administer weekly coronavirus tests to a random sample of students, Chalkbeat has learned, removing one of the last standing campus COVID safety measures. The decision to discontinue on-site PCR testing after summer school ends was communicated internally last month, a source with knowledge of the […]

Banks wants to cut private school payments for NYC students with disabilities

As the education department faces intense pressure to reconsider school budget cuts, Chancellor David Banks indicated that there’s another pot of money he wants to slash: hundreds of millions worth of tuition payments for students with disabilities. “All this money that is meant for the kids in our public schools are going to private schools,” […]

Teacher shortage: ‘Maligning and vilifying’ educators affects retention, union president says

Teacher shortage: ‘Maligning and vilifying’ educators affects retention, union president says Students across the country are heading back to school, but many without adequate teachers. According to the National Education Association, there are more than 280,000 fewer public school teachers nationally than prior to the pandemic. And the shortage is perhaps most acute in the […]

Event: NYC is promising to revamp how students learn to read. What will it take?

This fall, changes are coming to New York City classrooms. Education department officials say they will require all elementary schools to adopt a phonics-based reading program — a potentially seismic shift in how tens of thousands of public school students are taught to read. Before the coronavirus hit, less than half of the city’s students […]

NYC special education recovery services program to be scaled back this fall

In response to pandemic disruptions, New York City officials required every school to offer special education services last year outside regular hours to any family who wanted them. But that won’t be the case this coming school year, education officials said. Instead, the education department is vowing to determine what extra instruction or therapies children […]
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